April 18, 2011

Two-way standout takes in Ole Miss

Some of the schools recruiting Sheldon Dawson covet his coverage skills.

Others, meanwhile, believe he can be a dangerous running back at the collegiate level.

Others just know the 5-foot-11, 175-pound speedster from Memphis (Ridgeway), Tenn., is good enough to help win games.

For his part, Dawson isn't getting hung up on which side of the football he'll spend his collegiate career. Instead, Dawson is trying to make sure he makes the right decision for his future.

Dawson has scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Memphis, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Cincinnati, Arkansas, Arkansas State and, most recently, Vanderbilt.

"I'm still pretty open," Dawson said. "It's just overwhelming. I'm letting it all soak in and playing it all out right now.

"I'll just go as an athlete. Whichever team I decide on, wherever the team needs me at the time, that's what I'll do."

Dawson was in Oxford, Miss., on Saturday, attending Ole Miss' junior day and checking out the Rebels' annual Grove Bowl spring game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

"I've been here numerous times," Dawson said. "I love Ole Miss. I just want to meet more coaches and (see) the atmosphere and be around Ole Miss."

The Rebels, Dawson said, "are recruiting me as an athlete, but I know they need some corners, too. I've talked to their coaches, and they're low on corners."

Dawson rushed for 1,045 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior while adding 42 tackles, one interception and 11 pass break-ups on defense.

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